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Heathcote market gets better and better

Heathcote Region Farmers’ Market has taken off, with 35 stallholders planning to attend the fourth one.

November 15, 2012 4:34am

Heathcote Region Farmers’ Market will run its fourth market on Saturday at Barrack Reserve.

Market Co-ordinator Sherrie Coote said she was satisfied with the market’s progress.

‘‘Barrack Reserve park is such a perfect venue for the farmers’ market,’’ she said.

‘‘It is now providing leafy green shade for the stallholders and shoppers.

‘‘The market has a real community feel to it with people walking through the park stopping at the marquees to inspect the produce for sale, shopping for the coming week, meeting up with friends as well as having a sausage from the community run barbecue.’’

The market started in August with 22 stalls and it now has 35 stallholders offering a wide range of produce for sale.

This month, Ms Coote is particularly excited about having two new stalls that will offer fruit, vegetables and herbs after months of searching for these staple foods.

‘‘The market committee feels the market is more complete with our supply of fruit and vegetables,’’ she said.

Other new stalls of interest are district alpacas raised by Davidalla Farm Alpacas; Elmore-based City Chicks with a range of heritage chickens, layers plus day old chickens and ducklings; district Stone Rise Farm lavender oils; and Pete’s Curry Pastes from Heathcote Junction.

District wineries and olive farmers are well represented, plus two cheeses makers, heritage vegetable seedlings, artisan breads, honey, flowers, eggs and a wide range of specialty food producers with jams, relishes, chutneys, baked goods and pies.

On Saturday, McIvor Farms Foods will take orders for Christmas hams.

The market committee is also promoting the market as a ‘‘one-stop shopping’’ location for Christmas gifts.

‘‘Come along and put together a Christmas hamper from the diverse range of wines, chutneys, preserves, jams, plum puddings, olive oils, walnuts and many other specialty foods that are available,’’ Ms Coote said.

Each month the farmers’ market continues to receive new expressions of interest and the market committee’s aim is to grow the market to 40 stalls to make sure it offers appealing and varied regionally produced foods and livestock for the community.

Heathcote Region Farmers’ Market runs on the third Saturday of each month from 9am to 1pm.

The market is plastic free so bring your own shopping bag.

For inquiries phone Ms Coote on 0417598460.

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